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Cleanup continues in flooded communities around Lake Ontario

May 31, 2019
Originally published on May 29, 2019 4:57 pm

On Tuesday, high water levels and winds caused flooding on Edgemere Drive in Greece. Though the water has receded, the cleanup continues.

Karen Marsh is wearing pink canvas gloves as she wrestles with debris in her yard on Edgemere Drive.

She says she left her house at 9:30 the morning of the flood, the street was clear.

"Came back an hour and a half later and my entire home had water all the way around it. It’s not something I would want for anyone."

The water on Edgemere has since receded, but left behind are truckloads of sand and dirt, debris from the lake, and garbage. Marsh says between the 2017 floods and this, she and her husband have discussed leaving the area.

"We’re definitely thinking about maybe doing something different in the future."

And Marsh isn’t the only one. Her neighbor, Cathy Resnick, is also fed up with the flooding.

"I don’t know if I can do this year after year."

Marsh and Resnick blame new lake level management for the continued flooding, calling it a man-made disaster.

In response to this week's flooding, the governor announced a plan to build back shoreline communities in more resilient ways, but there is no plan in place to change water level management on the federal level.

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